When we last saw Capt. Jack Harkness he was in a bad way indeed. His grandson was dead (at his hands), his daughter no longer wanted to know him, his lover and teammate Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) had been killed and he had lost all faith in the world.
So, not a good place to be in. But, that won't stop him from making a comeback.
Confirming recent reports that the series could be back, "Torchwood" star John Barrowman has revealed that the BBC has definitely commissioned a fourth season of the "Doctor Who" spinoff ... and the order is considerably larger than the five-part pickup that made up the "Children Of Earth" miniseries.
"I don't know about Capt. Jack's future in 'Doctor Who,' because nothing has been said or I haven't been asked. I'm kind of prepared that I won't be in any of it, which is fine," Barrowman said. "But 'Torchwood,' we are discussing the future of 'Torchwood' because most definitely 'Torchwood' will come back to the BBC."
The news will surely delight loyal Woodies that have stuck with the series since its original broadcast on BBC Three (only to have the audience triple over the last few years as it moved to BBC Two and the finally to BBC). But, best of all, the series will return for a full order this time.
"We're not sure when" it will happen, he continued. "We need to work out the logistics of the filming, but it will be 13 episodes rather than five."
Of course, if you can't wait for Jack to return to the screens then you don't have long to wait as Barrowman will be making an appearance in "Doctor Who's" festive two-part adventure, "The End Of Time."
And if anyone can get Jack back on the path to saving the Earth it will be The Doctor.
The specials for "Doctor Who" begin on Christmas day on BBC, and a couple days later across the pond on BBC America. The second part will air at the beginning of January.